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March 25,1999 

Volume 63 
Issue 11 


Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana 


STUDENT SATISFACTION SURVEY: 
WHAT DID YOU SAY? 

- by Mike Singletoi 


Editor's 
News Notes 



- Friday, Mar. 26 - 
Sun., Mar. 28: Columbian 
Players present Godspell@ 
8pm Fri. and Sat., and 2pm 
on Sun. 

-Sunday, Mar. 28: 
Palm Sunday 

- Monday, Mar. 29: 
Registration for term 983 
and 991 opens in the Ball¬ 
room. 

- Wednesday, Mar. 
31: Service of Shadows in 
the Chapel @ 8pm 

- Thursday, Apr. 1: 
Passover, April Fool’s Day, 
Registration for term 983 
and 991 closes 

- Friday,Apr. 2: 
Good Fri., Easter Break-No 
Classes-24 hour lockdown 

- Monday, Apr. 5: 
Easter Mon., Easter Break- 
No Classes-24 hour 
lockdown 

- Sunday, Apr. 11: 
SJC Spring Band Concert 
@ 2pm in the Ballroom 

- Sunday, Apr. 18: 
Casino Night @ 7pm 

-Wednesday, Apr. 
21: Mr. Puma contest @ 
8pm in the Ballroom 


Are you satisfied with 
dorm quality? How about stu¬ 
dent-faculty relationships? 
Do you feel that student opin¬ 
ion is valued at St Joseph's? 
Last fall, Counseling Services 
offered you an opportunity to 
voice your opinion on these 
and other matters and 32% of 
you took us up on that offer. 

Sixty percent of you 
said that you are satisfied with 
the dorms at St Joseph's. Fur¬ 
thermore, when asked to de¬ 
tail the strength of this feel¬ 
ing on a scale of 1 to 7, (7 
being strongest), your average 
strength rating was 4.78. The 
40% who responded nega¬ 
tively provided a 4.98 average 
strength rating. Women are 
much happier with dorm qual¬ 
ity than men. As a matter of 
fact. Upperclassmen are par¬ 
ticularly unhappy. 84% of 
those responding indicated 
discontentment 

Your comments about 
student-faculty relations are 
shocking! Ninety-six percent 
of responders indicated that 
you are happy with student- 
faculty relations, yes 96%! 
Your average strength rating 
for this was 5.64. Although 
thrilled with faculty, you are 
apparently not thrilled with 
how valued your opinion is at 
St. Joseph's. Fifty-seven per¬ 
cent of responders said you 
are unhappy with the way 
your opinion is valued here 
and the average strength of 
that rating was 5.13. 

Overall, 240 students 
responded to the student sat¬ 
isfaction questionnaire, in¬ 


cluding approximately 
33% of the freshmen class, 
33% of the sophomore 
class, 39% of the junior 
class, and 24% of the se¬ 
nior class. Sixty percent of 
responders were female 
students and 40% were 
male students. You were 
asked both quantitative 
and qualitative questions. 
More descriptive, detailed 
answers from the qualita¬ 
tive questions will be 
shared once analyzed. The 
questionnaire was pro¬ 
duced by the Counseling 
Services staff with special 
thanks to Tara Hairston for 
her help with this analysis. 
Here are the statistical re¬ 
sults from the quantitative 
answers. 

Only 48% of the 
response population said 
that you are happy with 
parking conditions at St. 
Joe's. You may easily 
guess the most unsatisfied 
segment of the population: 
underclasswomen. Eighty- 
two percent of the first and 
second year women who 
responded to this question 
said they are unhappy with 
present parking condi¬ 
tions. In contrast, 80% of 
third and fourth year 
women reported being sat¬ 
isfied with parking condi¬ 
tions. 

Congratulations go 
out to Steve Santo and the 
dining services staff as 
64% of responders said 
that they are happy with 
the food quality at St Joe's. 
Go figure, men were 
slightly happier than 


women with the all-you-can- 
eat meals. 

Congratulations also 
go out to Ernest Watson and 
the security staff and all 
people responsible for stu¬ 
dent activities. Ninety-three 
percent of responders indi¬ 
cated that you feel safe on 
campus and ranked the 
strength of this feeling at 
6.01! Seventy-two percent of 

— 


responders said that you 
were happy with student ac¬ 
tivities on campus. 

Fifty-nine percent of 
responders indicated that you 
are happy with relations be¬ 
tween students and adminis¬ 
trators, and provided a 
strength rating of 5.03. 

Looking only at 
upperclass students, the per¬ 
centage of happy responders 
drops to 50%. Eighty-one 
and one-half percent of re¬ 
sponders were satisfied with 
the number/quality of student 
leadership positions at St. 
Joseph's. Lastly, it is deserv¬ 
ing of a second mention that 
96% of responders are happy 
with student-faculty rela- 
tions-that is incredible! This 
is a wonderfully positive re¬ 
flection on both faculty and 
students. 

You obviously do not 


feel that your opinion on 
campus is valued as highly 
as it should be. The, 63% of 
upperclass responders who 
wrote that they were not 
happy with the way their 
opinion is valued clearly 
shows the need for improve¬ 
ment in this area. It may be 
that administration/staff is 
not as willing to accept stu¬ 
dent recommendations as 
they should. Maybe ad¬ 
ministrators could 
spend more time lis¬ 
tening to, and working 
with students on the 
ideas students suggest 
need attention. On the 
other hand, maybe 
students do not 
present their opinions 
as well as they could 
and need to work on present¬ 
ing their ideas in an orga¬ 
nized and professional man¬ 
ner. We are falling short in 
this area. Perhaps the results 
of this questionnaire can 
have a positive influence. 
Maybe, together, we can 
match that 96% standard set 
by the faculty and you. 

This questionnaire is 
subject to selection bias: 
those students who opted to 
answer che survey may pos¬ 
sess certain characteristics 
that may not be wholly rep¬ 
resentative of the entire stu¬ 
dent population. They may 
have been more likely to fill 
out such a questionnaire, or 
answer in one particular way 
or another. However, the re¬ 
sponse rate did provide ad¬ 
equate response totals for a 
representative sample of the 
St. Joseph's student body. 


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Go figure , men 
were slightly hap¬ 
pier than women 
with the all-you- 
can-eat meals. ” 






















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Letters to 
the Editor 


Just when I 
thought SUB was taking a 
turn for the better-I went to 
see Urban Legend in the Au¬ 
ditorium last Saturday night. 
There were about 20 people 
there, including a couple of 
families not fro m Saint Joe 
Everyone was 
sitting in the 
dark for half an 
hour assuming 
that the projec¬ 
tionist was run¬ 
ning late. A few 
people, myself 
included, got up to se^uney 
could figure out what was 
happening. I decided to go 
downstairs and call one of the 
members of SUB to see what 
was going on. But when I got 
there, one person was already 
on the phone with Andrea 


Batista and asked her about 
it. Apparently, SUB decided 
to cancel the movie and not 
tell anyone. So we sat there 
for half an hour in the dark, 
while the members of SUB 
were in their rooms curling 
their hair for the dance. They 



So we sat there for half an hour 
in the dark, while the members of 
SUB were in their rooms curling 
their hair for the dance. 


tivities program at SJC" (p. 
33). Not everyone likes to 
dance, and there was finally 
an alternate event for students 
at SJC on Saturday night. Not 
even one SUB member was 
in the Auditorium. What does 
that say if SUB members 
1 don't even support 
their own events!? 

Well, I know that 
those families were not 
happy with Saint Joe 
when they left, and nei¬ 
ther were the SJC stu¬ 
dents. I can't believe 


could've at least sent one per¬ 
son to the auditorium to tell 
us the movie was cancelled, 
but they didn't. When you be¬ 
come a member of SUB, ac¬ 
cording to the SJC 1999 Cata¬ 
log, your responsibility is to 
"provide a comprehensive ac- 


that SUB complains about 
poor attendence at their 
events and then pulls some¬ 
thing like this! They try to 
promote it so much, and when 
people finally go, they are let 
down. I have attended the 
majority of the SUB events 


on campus. I have always had 
a good time, even when I am 
the only person there. (Which 
has actually happened.) 

This time 1 wasn't alone. 
There were students with visi¬ 
tors, and families from 
Rensselaer. I hope that they 
don't look upon this as a flaw 
in our school, but I'm sure 
they won’t forget it 

Just when I thought 
SUB was taking a turn for the 
better-they took a turn for the 
worse and let me down. I 
hope this doesn't happen 
again, but until then, I don't 
know how long it will be un¬ 
til I will attend another SUB 
event. I don't think I want to 
take the chance of being let 
down again. 

Maura Giles 


Thumbs 


* Spring-like 
weather!!! 

* Making it through 
Mid-terms 

* Sundae Bar 

* The Renovated 
Justin 1st Lounge 

* Tax Returns 

* Saint Joseph's Day 

* Saint Patrick's Day 

* Careerfest 

* The Pacers game 

* Student Survey 
Results 

* Senior-itis 

* Easter Break 

* Rice Krispies 
Treats 

* Fridays 


What do 
VOU 

Think?!? 

Rbout the Suruey 

Are the Student Survey results accurate? 
What could be done to improve the value of 
student opinion on campus? 

Are there important questions that weren't 
asked on the survey and should have been? 
According to the survey, students don't think 
their opinion is valued, why is that? 

Rbout Us 

Is The Observer addressing important issues 
at SJC? 

Are there issues that should be addressed but 
aren't? 

Do you read The Observer regularly? Why 
| or Why not? 

Rbout SJC 

Is money being properly spent? 

Are the faculty and staff competant? 

Is Core a good thing? 

*Send responses to Lisa Phillips or put 
them in the Observer box 
(2nd floor Core Building)* 


Thumbs 

Down 

* The Lori Bolden 
Issue of 

The Observer 

* Cod being served in 
the Caf two days in 
a row 

* Filling out FASFA 

* Research papers 

* Noisy neighbors 
when you have an 
8 a.m. class 

* Noisy neighbors at 
8 a.m. when you 
don't have an early 
class 

*The Rensselaer 
Monopolies: 
Walmart & 

Pick 'n' Save 


Editor-in-Chief 
Lisa Phillips 

Managing Editor 

Rhiannon Davis 

Opinion Editor 
Lisa Phillips 

News Editor 
Maura Giles 

Features Editor 
Melinda Burdan 

Sports Editor 

Bree Ma'Ayteh 

Sh* Editor 
Rhiannon Davis 

Advertising Editor 

TJ Szerencse 

Reporters 

Christopher Gibson 
Heather Hagan 
Anne LaCure 
Charles Martin 
Sarah Martin 
Zachary Pala 
Sara Post 
Jennifer Price 
Jamie Riberto 
Christine Scaiide 
Donald Shanahan 
Will Shannon 
Sarah Stipher 

Digital Photographer 
Charles Martin 

Distribution Manager 
Will Shannon 

Faculty Facilitator 
Dr. Charles Kerlin 

Macintosh Advisor 
Dr. Robert Schenk 

Publisher 
Dr. Albert Shannon 


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Letters to: Lisa Phillips or 
Observer mailbox in Core 
Building, or 3rd Floor Halleck 
Length: 350-500 words (We 
reserve the right to edit for 
Length) 

Submission Guidelines: Sign & 
include telephone number. 
Pseudonyms accepted but 
discouraged. 

*The Editorial Board reserves 
the right not to print letters 
found to violate applicable 
policies 




















































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Godspell : Spells-Out Fun for the 
Columbian Players 


-by Maura Giles- 


"If your right eye 
offends you, cut it out and 
fling it away." But don't do 
it before March 26, or your 
liable to miss the 
Columbian Players' annual 
spring musical. This year 
the troupe is performing 
Godspell, a musical based 
on the Gospel according to 
Matthew. The cast consists 
of about twenty-five mem¬ 
bers ranging from Fresh¬ 
men to Seniors. The quote 
in the opening of this para¬ 
graph is just one piece of 
advice you will hear when 
you attend the show. 

On Friday, March 
26, at 8pm, the curtain will 
go up and the troupe will 
be prepared to put to use the 
many hours of rehearsal, 
memorizing lines, and fitt¬ 
ing into costumes. As the 

Sashay on 
the Runway 

- by Maura Giles - 


cast gets their game faces on, 
or their makeup, the audience 
will be anxiously anticipat¬ 
ing the final result 

The cast has worked 
extremely hard, but has had 
fun at the same time. "I think 



I had the most fun learning 
the songs. All for the Best is 
my favorite song in the show. 
I especially enjoyed some of 
the accidental lines during re¬ 
hearsals," states Bree 
Ma'Ayteh, Freshman cast 
member. 

Besides the cast, 
there are many people behind 
the scenes that make the 
show possible. The play is di¬ 
rected by Prof. John Rahe 
and the costumes are man¬ 
aged by Prof. Heidi Rahe. 
The soloists and the chorus 


are directed by Jeremy Hoy 
and the choreography was 
done by Mary Fortman. 
There are also backstage 
crew members, ushers, the 
light board operator, and the 
house manager that work 
very hard to put on this, and 
every production. 
The Columbian 
Players have already 
presented two plays 
this year, and with 
this musical it is easy to see 
that this is a group that just 
gets better with practice. 

Godspell 
will be performed this week¬ 
end on Friday at 8pm, Sat¬ 
urday at 8pm, and Sunday at 
2pm in the Auditorium. Ad¬ 
mission is free for SJC stu¬ 
dents, faculty, and staff, $5 
for adults, and $3 for other 
students. The Columbian 
Players look forward to see¬ 
ing you there, and hopefully, 
you look forward to seeing 
them too. 


Squatter's 

Night 

Squatter's Night is 
Tuesday, April 6. For those 
of you that don't know what 
squatter's night is, or haven't 
taken the time to read the 
bright blue flyers hanging in 
the dorms and in Halleck, it's 
a day that gives students the 
opportunity to keep the room 
they are currently living in 
for next year. 

Squatter's night has 
four rules: 1) you may only 
squat a room you presently 
reside in, 2) you must sign up 
with your roommate, 3) 
squatter’s cannot parttake in 
room selection, and 4) you 
and your roommate have to 
be registered and have a $ 100 
credit on your accounts. 

You can sign-up for 
your present room between 
8pm and 9pm. Merlini and 
Aquinas halls will hold sign¬ 
ups in the 2nd floor lounge, 
while the rest of the dorms 
will hold their sign-ups in the 
1st floor lounges. 


On April 15, 1999, 
at 8pm in the Halleck ball¬ 
room, the Minority Student 
Union will be hosting a 
fashion show. Fashions of 
the Decades. The time pe¬ 
riod will consist of the de¬ 
cades between and includ¬ 
ing 1950 and 1990. 

Everyone on cam¬ 
pus is welcome to partici¬ 
pate. However, anyone 
wishing to participate must 
provide their own clothing 
for the fashion show. If 
you're interested, please 
contact Michael Gomez via 
e-mail. 

Of course, students 
are cordially invited to at¬ 
tend whether they want to 
sashay down the runway or 
just watch. MSU guaran¬ 
tees a good time for every¬ 
one and looks forward to 
seeing you there. 


Registration for term 983 and 991 

When: Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 1 

Check the inside of your registration booklet for your specific time. 

Where: Ballroom in Halleck 

♦All students registering must have their student accounts paid off, and have a 
$100 credit. 

♦Don't forget to see your advisor first, so he or she can sign your registration paper. 


Students Start Gospel Choir at SJC 


- by Maura Giles - 

Here at SJC, a group 
of students have started put¬ 
ting together a Gospel choir. 
The students are singing 
their praises to God in a way 
that's uplifting spiritually, as 
well as, joyfully. 

These stu¬ 
dents have been meeting 
regularly for the past few 
weeks on Mondays at 
7:30pm in the Halleck Cen¬ 
ter Ballroom. 


The group is cur¬ 
rently recruiting members 
from the Saint Joseph Cho¬ 
rus and the Music Ministry 
Program, but all students are 
welcome. 



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The group contains 
mostly tenors and basses, 
and are therefore, in particu¬ 
lar need of women's voices 
(sopranos and altos). How¬ 
ever, any men who are inter¬ 


ested are more than wel¬ 
come to join the group. 

Unlike a regular 
choir, the group is singing 
and dancing to express their 
faith in God. They are less 
structured, and are highly 
encouraged to be them¬ 
selves and have fun. 

If you would like to 
join this group of students 
you may contact Jeremy 
Holman, or just show up to 
one of the practices. All stu¬ 
dents are welcome to join. 


Upcoming 
SUB Events 


Indianapolis Ice vs. Cincin¬ 
nati game: Friday 3/26. 
TICKETS ARE FREE FOR 
ALL! This is St. Joe Night at 
the game and is also spon¬ 
sored by the Alumni Associa¬ 
tion. Meet on a Puma Bus in 
front of Halleck at 3:30 PM. 
Jimique: Comedian. Mon¬ 
day, 3/29 outside Core XI in 
Halleck at 8 PM. FREE 
Ragtime: Wednesday 4/7: 
Musical at the Ford Center in 
Chicago. Tickets are $15 for 
students. We will meet in 
front of Halleck at 4:45 PM. 
Enemy of the State: Big 
Screen Movie-Tues. 4/13 at 
9 PM, Thurs. 4/15 at 9 PM 
and Fri 4/16 at 7 PM in the 
Science Auditorium. FREE 
Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando 
Magic: Wed 4/14. Tickets 
are $15 for faculty/staff. 
Meet in front of Halleck at 
4:30 PM. Tickets will be on 
sale starting Wed. 3/24 
Mr. Puma: Thurs. 4/22 at 8 
PM in the Ballroom. FREE. 
Little 500: Sat. 4/24. SUB 
will be sponsoring Laser Tag 
on the IM field from 11-4 PM 
and 6-7 PM. Angel's Ride 
(band) will be performing on 
the IM field from 3-5 PM. 
FREE 

Titanic: Musical in Chicago- 
Civic Opera House. Thurs¬ 
day, 4/29. Tickets are $ 10 for 
students. Meet in front of 
Halleck on the Puma Bus at 
4:45 PM. Tickets will be on 
sale starting Thursday, 
March 24. 

Jenny Jones: show taping in 
Chicago. Friday, April 30. 
FREE. Meet at the Puma 
Bus in front of Halleck at 
11:30 AM. 

Please RSVP to Stacey 
Lazenby via e-mail for the 
shows/trip excursions. You 
can pay in cash, check (made 
out to Student Activities) or 
charge it on your student ac¬ 
count through your ID #. If 
you have any questions 
please contact Stacey 
Lazenby. 















































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Students Spend Break 
in Service 


by Kathy Jarowicz 


One of the service oriented clubs on campus was very busy over 
spring break. SJC's Habitat for Humanity spent their spring break working 
on building homes in Lynchburg, Virginia. 20 students went on this trip 
along with 2 faculty members. The group left on Saturday, March 6 at 
midnight in two fifteen passenger vans that were donated by John Benish, 
an alumni to the college. After traveling all night and all morning the group 
stopped in Roanoke, Virginia and did some hiking on something besides 
flat land. Before arriving in Lynchburg the group also stopped and toured 
Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. The crew then arrived in 
Lynchburg and went right to work. 

They worked on several houses in a subdivision called Jubilee 
Heights. This subdivision is a special one because it is all Habitat homes 
and when completed there will be 51 homes total in the subdivision. SJC 
students weren't the only ones there helping, there were also groups from 
two other schools and a group of Americorps NCCC working in Jubilee 
Heights for the week. The volunteers worked on many things, like framing 
a house, roofing another, installing installation, hanging siding, landscape 
work, pouring gravel, and other tasks to help further the development of 
the last six homes to be completed in Jubilee Heights. Then after a long, 
productive week the group headed home and arrived back at SJC early 
Sunday morning. 

I am a senior and have spent all my Spring breaks on Habitat trips. 
I love spending my breaks volunteering because it gives me a sense of 
accomplishment and it also makes me feel good knowing that I help people. 
This trip was especially great, we got so much accomplished for the week 
and everyone was really awesome. I made so many new friends, had fun, 
and I got a chance to help people make their dream come true of owning a 
decent home. I think everyone who went should feel good about them¬ 
selves and the work that they accomplished. Habitat is truly a great cause 
and I think more people should get involved, it is not only helping people 
but it is also fun. 


Photo by Kathy Jarowicz 


This is just 
a sample of the 
African Art Ex¬ 
hibit, which is 
composed of 
items from dif¬ 
ferent religions 
and cultures. 
This showcase 
is just one aspect 
of Core 8. "The 
in the li- 
lets you 
see for yourself 
inspired 
of arts 
famous 
tists," com- 
Father 


Martin 


African Art Display Shows 
Roots of Western Art 


by Zac P ala 


The African Art exhibit that is presently on display in the library is 
part of the Core 8 curriculum being taught this semester. The Core 8 staff 
feels that students can learn a great deal from the African Art exhibit, because 
every piece on display shows the different culture, religion, and art of differ¬ 
ent African tribes. 

The collection belongs to Father Stang, and has an emphasis on how 
African art inspired many pieces of Western Art. "At the end of the 19th 
century and beginning of the 20th century, African art was responsible for a 
major breakthrough in Western art," stated Fr. Stang. 

During this period, many Europeans were bringing items of African 
art into Europe. These African art pieces were then noticed by famous West¬ 
ern artists like Pablo Picasso, and motivated them to follow the African style 
in their own art work. "These artists were wanting to renew the place of 
sculpture and painting in artistic expression," said Fr. Stang. 

The main aspect of African art that impressed Western artists was 
the fictional realism that it portrayed. African art put an emphasis on its subject’s 
characteristics, or the certain attribute that the piece was intended to portray. 
"If the African artist wanted to convey a person's ability to see the truth, he 
gave that person very big eyes. Homs were used to illustrate a mystic's spiri¬ 
tual forces," explained Fr. Stang. African artists used these methods and color 
schemes to blatantly make the message in their art clear. 

The collection in the library contains pieces of African art that in¬ 
spired and motivated Westerners. Picasso's art is presently on display world¬ 
wide, and is worth millions of dollars. However, there is not much credit 
given to African art. "'Most of the world is unaware of the African art that 
inspired them. Only in the last several decades have people come to see the 
great artistic value of African art," said Fr. Stang. 

The exhibit in the library displays some of Africa’s inspiring art. 
Each piece has a brief history to tell of its significance, plus additional infor¬ 
mation is contained in books available in the library. "The exhibit in the li¬ 
brary lets you see for yourself what inspired some of arts most famous artists," 
said Fr. Stang. 


Saint Joe students help raise the wall of a Habitat for Humanity 
house while on their spring break trip to Lynchburg, VA. The group 
spent the week with other college students from around the country 
helping to build houses for low-income families. 




















Fellow Xer calls Generation to Action 


by Mike Singleton 


Take it from an¬ 
other Xer, you are not 
a slacker, not under¬ 
achieving, nor apa¬ 
thetic. 


I am a part of Generation X. Like you, I hear negative stereotypes 
and groundless critiques of my desires and goals. That is, if you believe I 
have any goals. People have told me who I am and who I should be, but I 
am not sure why. Nor am I sure who is telling me these things. I have been 
called a slacker, an underachiever and apathetic. I have heard my genera¬ 
tion characterized in a negative fashion and wondered what we ever did to 
earn such criticism. Sound familiar? 

Many times, I questioned why the negatives of my generation were 
being highlighted and the positives ignored. My friends and I have tried to 
affect the world in a positive manner. As best I can, I have tried to adhere 
to my beliefs and help others. I may not show it publicly, but I feel pain 
and care very deeply. In everything I do, I make sure I put forth my best 
effort. I am not a slacker, nor an underachiever, nor apathetic. However, I 
am sometimes confused. Most of all, I am trying to find out what I want, 
not what I am told I should want. Sound familiar? 

This year's freshmen class is supposedly the tail end of Generation 
X, thankfully. Generation X began when Dou¬ 
glas Coupland wrote a book with the title in 
1991. However, Coupland now disavows him¬ 
self from all association with the skewed ste¬ 
reotypes that the media has placed on his cre¬ 
ation. Coupland described characters who 
"wanted to hop off the merry-go-round of sta¬ 
tus, money, and social climbing that so often 
frames modem existence." Now, he sees Xers 
beings labeled as monsters. You and I, my 
friends, are seen as monsters! Xers protestations 
"became 'whining'; being mellow became 'slacking'; and the struggle to find 
ourselves became 'apathy'." These are the criticisms with which we are fa¬ 
miliar, whether grounded in reality or not. 

Despite being offered thousands of dollars from corporations asking 
him to help sell products to Generation X and both political parties calling to 
purchase advice on X, Coupland wants nothing to do with this negative im¬ 
age. The stereotypes of X are not representative of his construction. So if the 
creator of Generation X does not believe in the media's presentation of this 
generation, why does it continue? X has runaway through grunge and the 
sales industry. Industry tries to sell to Generation X and capitalize on the 
generation's tendencies. Oddly, I have asked many Xers what it means to be 
an Xer and no one has been able to provide a definitive answer. Rather, those 
asked furrowed their brow, looked at me questioningly, and then framed their 
response in the form of a question. The media might say that this is proof of 
our generation's lack of awareness and maturity. However, when I asked each 
of these people what they wanted to achieve in life and to characterize them¬ 
selves, none had any difficulty. This act clearly contradicts the stereotype 
that is being sold to us. But these people are Xers, are they not? Something 
seems amiss. 

It appears that Xers might not know what it means to be an Xer. Does 
this mean we do not know ourselves? I would say that it merely means we do 
not know how the media is trying to characterize us. Better yet, we do know 
how they are trying to characterize us and we do not agree with their view. 
Many of us do know ourselves though. Those of us who have yet to figure 
out who we are, are not apathetic. Rather, we are leaming-about ourselves. 

To past generations it may seem absurd that we are learning about 
ourselves and our identities at age 18 or 21 or even 25. By the time they were 
our age, they were married, had children, and were working in jobs that they 
might continue to work in for 40 or 50 years thereafter. So why the difference 
between generations? I offer one suggestion: different culture. Our culture is 


vastly different than the one in which our parents came of age. We see vio¬ 
lence everywhere, not via television on foreign soil, but on our streets, in our 
houses. In addition, as one friend intelligently pointed out to me, we are the 
first generation of latch key kids. In many fainilies, both parents now work. 
This often leaves children alone, needing to fend for themselves after school. 
For older children, it means that they watch their younger siblings and be¬ 
come caretakers and/or premature parents. These children are left concen¬ 
trating on others, not on themselves. When is such a child able to figure out 
who he/she is? One logical time for this would be the first opportunity that 
child has to live without the responsibility of being a latch key kid: college. 

How else is our culture different? A college degree today is as valu¬ 
able as a high school degree was twenty years ago. In order to compete for 
the same jobs our parents filled twenty years ago, only having high school 
degrees, we now need to have college degrees. Therefore, our "adult lives" 
start a few years later. Plus, unlike past generations, we only had to walk to 
school in the snow uphill one way, not both ways...this has to have had some 
effect-I had to get that in! Seriously though, our culture has switched so that 
we are now looking to enter the work force at later points in our lives. Thank¬ 
fully, those same people that entered the work force twenty years ago at a 
young age are telling us to make intelligent choices and seek 
out jobs that we will enjoy. We are learning from their experi¬ 
ence and looking for jobs we will enjoy or that will "make a 
difference" in the world. 

So what is the point of this article you may be asking. 
The goal is to make you think. Are you a member of Generation 
X? What does that mean to you? Are you a slacker, an under¬ 
achiever, or apathetic? Take it from another Xer, you are not a 
slacker, not underachieving, nor apathetic. I have spent the last 


months listening and watching, trying to figure out what St Joe's is about It 
is not about those things. I do hear complaints, but that suggests to me that 
you care about where you live. I hear grumblings and think you care about 
the education you are getting. I hear uproar and think you care about your 
rights and want to be heard. 

Will Shannon wrote a few months back that "the celebrated hobby of 
complaining about conditions at St. Joseph's has become a thing of the past" 
He later wrote that those people who filled out the Student Satisfaction Sur¬ 
vey "took the time to voice [their] opinion in a constructive manner". With 
utmost respect I ask Will and all of you, now that you have voiced your 
concerns: what are you doing? Is complaint really a thing of the past? I urge 
you, make this YOUR college. Act on those opinions you shared and act 
constructively. Show this community what you care about and ACT. Do not 
just speak. This is not a Generation X campus, is it? 



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IN ONE LAST FOOTBALL GAME 


Dy Jamie Riberti 


The Saint Joseph’s Col¬ 
lege football team has been 
preparing for their spring 
season since the beginning 
of January. Every year the 
football team has their an¬ 
nual spring football game 
one Saturday in the month of 
April. The game allows for 
the coaches and players to 
determine where the team is 
at and what areas they need 
to work on when the players 
return at the end of the sum¬ 
mer. 

The team began condi¬ 
tioning in mid-January when 
they returned from Christ¬ 


mas break. Conditioning has 
entailed weight training four 
days a week, speed work, 
drills, agility, and 
polymetrics. "Our main fo¬ 
cus is for the guys to learn 
how to move better," Coach 
Riva said. 

The team will take the 
field for their annual spring 
scrimmage on Saturday, 
April 17th at 11am. The 
spring game used to be a time 
when alumnae could come 
back and play against the 
players, but that idea was dis¬ 
missed five years ago. The 
coaches believe that if the 
team plays one another, then 


they can work on playing as a 
team and can become better on 
account of it. 

Coach Riva and his squad 
realize that the spring season is 
a time for learning. It is for de¬ 
termining the areas that need to 
be focused on when the players 
return at the end of the summer 
for training camp. 

"The goals for the spring sea¬ 
son are to fill the spots that need 
to be filled, to establish a depth 
chart for training camp, to de¬ 
velop some of the younger guy s 
in order to help them to under¬ 
stand what we are trying to teach 
them both skill and scheme wise, 
and to stay away from injuries," 


Riva said. 

This year the Pumas are 
hoping to bring in fifty 
freshman players, more than 
they usually bring in. Ap¬ 
proximately twenty-eight 
players have signed thus far. 

"We are looking for qual¬ 
ity and quantity. We are ask¬ 
ing the incoming freshman 
to solidify the team and be 
the core of our football pro¬ 
gram for years to come," 
Riva said. 

The Pumas will enter the 
'99 season minus their start¬ 
ing quarterback Larry Smith 
and eleven other senior 
players the Pumas will lose 


to graduation. The Pumas 
will look to four returning 
quarterbacks to help solidify 
the team. 

"We need two or three quar¬ 
terbacks to step up for us," 
Riva said. "This is going to 
be a new team, different than 
any team in the past. It is go¬ 
ing to fall upon the older guys 
to set the tone for what type 
of team we are going to be," 
Riva said. 


GOOD LUCK GUYS! 

BRING US SOME 
NEW PUMAS! 


SOFTBALL SQUAD STRIVES FOP SUCCESSFUL SEASON 


-by TJ Szerencse- 

A new season is under¬ 
way for the Puma Women's 
Softball team. Though there 
are many unanswered ques¬ 
tions about the final outcome 
of the season, there is little 
doubt that the proper 
groundwork of goalsetting 
and team work has been es¬ 
tablished, so that the team 
may reap the greatest ben¬ 
efits. 

The squad has set several 
goals for this season. At the 
top of the list is playing to 
their potential. Coach Mark 
Settle acknowledges that 
even with 11 returning play¬ 
ers, the squad is relatively 
young. "We want to play 
consistant level all of the 


time regardless of who our 
opponent is," Settle com¬ 
ments. 

A second goal for the 
team is to qualify for the 
Great Lakes Valley Confer¬ 
ence (GLVC) 
tournament, r, 


Division II softball. The coach 
does concede, however, that it 
may be difficult to follow such 
academic success with an en¬ 
core. 


Coach Settle believes his 
squad is 

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Finally, Settle hopes for a 
repeat of last year's academic 
success. The 1998 squad fin¬ 
ished the season with the 
third highest GPA, at 3.4, in 


Katie 
Corrigan, 

Tammy Witek, and Kristy 
Langen, the squad of 11 return¬ 
ees, eight freshmen, and one 
transfer have coalesced into a 
very strong team. This 


TALLIK1G IKSTCTPLACE by joe Danahey 


Track and Field Results 
from the Wabash Relays in 
Crawfordsville on Saturday. 
Top four finishers for 
SJC: Women's 4x100 Relay- 
lst (Dana Collins, Erin 
Clark, Julie Duerksen, Shan¬ 
non Kline); Shana Wyatt- 
3rd-5000;Men’s Steeple¬ 
chase Relay-2nd (Clark 
Teuscher, Matt Stout, 
Damon Dexter, Ben 
Zimmer); Dana Collins-lst- 
100 Hurdles (Meet Record); 


Men's Shuttle Hurdle Relay- 
3rd (Zach Dock, Justin 
Evans, Dan Koleszar, Chris 
Crum); Women's Sprint 
Medley Relay-1st (Shannon 
Kline, Julie Duerksen, Erin 
Clark, Chrissy Scafide); 
Men’s 4x1600 Relay-3rd 
(Dan Westphal, Ben Zimmer, 
Derek Serna, Tim Newman); 
Zach Dock-2nd-Open 400 
Intermediat Hurdles 
Jamie Marshall-2nd-Open 
400 Hurdles; Women's 4x200 


Relay-2nd (Erin Clark, Dana 
Collins, Julie Duerksen, Shan¬ 
non Kline); Men's Distance 
Medley-3rd (Clark Teuscher, 
Zach Dock, Damon Dexter, 
Derek Serna); Women's 4x400 
Relay-3rd (Erin Clark, Sarah 
Grubb, Jamie Marshall, Chrissy 
Scafide); Men's 4x400 Relay- 
4th (Derek Boss, Tim Newman, 
Zach Dock, Adam Smith); 
Women's Hammer Throw-1st 
(Becky Garza, Kim Noon, Kelli 
Deckard); Men's Hammer 


comaradery is the team's 
greatest strength, 
according to Settle. He ac¬ 
knowledges, "Of all the 
teams that I have been asso¬ 
ciated with as a player and 
a coach, this team gets along 
together so well. Each of 
the girls is very supportive 
of one another, and that’s not 
always easy." This willing¬ 
ness to work will be to the 
team's benefit. 

Even with this advan¬ 
tage, however, there will be 
obstacles to overcome. 
"Perhaps our biggest weak¬ 
ness is that we are not used 
to winning enough. Most of 
the girls come from success¬ 
ful high school teams, but 
until we find ways to win to¬ 
gether, it is difficult to get 


Throw-2nd (Aaron Thomas, 
Jerry Taylor); Women's Shot 
Put-1 st (Becky Garza, Kelli 
Deckard); Men's Shot Put- 
3rd (Joe Koczan, Brad 
Bonkoski); Women's Discus 
Relay- 1st (Kim Noon, Kelli 
Deckard)=Meet Record; 
Women's Triple Jump-2nd 
(Jill Hrobsky, Elizabeth 
Metzinger); Men's Triple 
Jump-4th (Derek Boss, 
Greg Myers); Women’s 
Long Jump-1st (Shannon 


things rolling and 
starting a tradition of winning 
like the baseball team has 
been so good at," Settle ex¬ 
plains. It would seem winning 
is a cyclic pattern: success is 
necessary to build confidence 
and lead to greater success. 

The biggest uncertainty of 
this season is where in this 
cycle the Puma Softball team 
will begin, and where it will 
finish. With 10 home dates 
this season, the Saint Joe 
community will have ample 
opportunities to watch the 
progress of this squad as they 
strive to reach thier pre-sea¬ 
son goals. 


Kline, Jill Hrobsky); Men’s 
Long Jump-4th (Derek Boss, 
Josh Hughes) 

Women's High Jump-2nd 
(Kelly Fink, Elizabeth 
Metzinger); Men’s High 
Jump-2nd (Josh Hughes, 
Greg Myers); Women's Jav- 
elin-4th-Kim Noon; Men's 
Pole Vault-4th-Corey Walters 















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GAMES 

AHEAD 

Sunday. March 21 

Softball at Indianapo¬ 
lis-1 PM 

Baseball at Quincy 
12 PM 

Monday. March 22 


Men's Golf. District 
IV at Kentucky 
Wesleyan College 

Tuesday. March 23 


Baseball (Home) vs 
Purdue University- 
2:30 PM 

Wednesday. March 


24 

Softball at Olivet 
Nazarene-2 PM 

Saturday. March 27 


Track/Field at the 
University of India¬ 
napolis 

Baseball (Home) vs 
Indianapolis-12 PM 
Softball (Home) vs 
Quincy University-12 
PM 

Men’s Tennis (Home) 
vs Lewis-10 AM 

Sunday. March 28 


Softball (Home) vs 
Missouri-St. Louis- 
2 PM 

WELCOME 

BACK* 

GO PUMAS* 




—by Bree Ma'Ayteh— 

Mike Minelli's sudden 
resignation as coach put 
the women's soccer team 
in quite a bind for a while. 
But now, it is safe to say 
that the position has been 
filled, and it is by none 
other than Camie 
Bechtold. Bechtold is lo¬ 
cated in the Counseling 
and Career Services De¬ 
partment, where she has 
been the Assistant Direc¬ 
tor of Career Services and 
Employment Coordinator 
for the past year and a 
half. 

Bechtold definitely has 
the experience to keep the 
SJC Women's Soccer 
team going. She played 
for Quincy University for 
four years, and came back 


The men's tennis team 
went 1-2 this week. They 
lost to Manchester Col- 
ege on Wednesday, 
Vlarch 17, 6-3. Singles 
winners were Michael 
Jendahan at #1 and Mark 
Grueter at #2 while the 
number two doubles team 
of Casey Kinnaman and 
Aaron Hackman won. 
Then on Saturday, the 
20th, SJC lost 9-0 at the 
University of Southern 
ndiana. 

On Saturday afternoon in 
Owensboro, the Pumas 
won their first match of 
the 1999 season by blank¬ 
ing Kentucky Wesleyan 7- 
0. Singles winners were: 
Michael Bendahan (#1), 
Mark Grueter (#2), Casey 
Kinnaman (#3) and AJ 
vanBelkum (#6). 


to be an assistant coach after 
graduating for another two. She 
is also familiar with S JC's soccer, 
having been in the GLVC tour¬ 
nament during her time at Quincy. 
Of course, helping out the team 
last year as a volunteer assistant 
coach at practices probably didn't 
hurt, either. 

When I talked to her, Camie 
Bechtold was happy to talk about 
her ideas to get the team started. 
She told me that since this sea¬ 
son is an unofficial one for the 
girls, she wanted to have some 
low-key practices to get back into 
shape. Although the season is 
non-traditional, the team will play 
a few games, one of the first be¬ 
ing a home game against 
Valparaiso on Sunday, April 11. 

As far as her expectations for 
the team, SJC's new coach tak¬ 
ing things one step at a time. She 



photo by Charles Martin 

Camie Bechtold, the new coach for SJC Women's Soccer. 


proudly says that the re¬ 
turning team is pretty 
strong, and she wants ev¬ 
eryone to work together, 
and to work hard. She 
would also like to win the 
GLVC next year, but she 
doesn't want to emphasize 
that. "I don't want to put 
too much pressure on [the 


girls]," she stressed. 

Practice for the girls will start 
sometime this week, where 
Camie Bechtold will meet with 
the girls as their coach for the 
first time. "I'm really excited," 
she says, smiling. 

GOOD 
LUCK 


™ ^ ^ # 

Information provided by Joe Danahey CAMIE 


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Doubles winners were at #1 
Michael Bendahan/Mark 
Grueter, #2 Casey Kinnaman/Ted 
Schirr and at #3 Russell Regan/ 
AJ vanBelkum. SJC is now 1-3 
overall and 1-1 in the GLVC. 

The softball team went 2-2 over 
the weekend. On Saturday in 
Highland Heights, Kentucky, SJC 
was swept by the Norse of North¬ 
ern Kentucky University. SJC 
lost 8-1 and 10-2 as Kristi Flick 
and Beth Nix were the losing 
pitchers. Mary Mazurek was 2 
for 3 with one run scored while 
Kim Hamel had two runs batted 
in and a run scored. Then on Sun¬ 
day in Indianapolis, the Pumas 
swept the University of India¬ 
napolis 5-0 and 8-0. In the first 
game, Jill Lagerhausen threw a 
no-hitter as she struck out five 
and walked four. Kim Hamel was 
2 for 3 with three runs batted in 


while Stacy DeHaven had 
two hits and a RBI triple. 
In the nighcap, Mary 
Mauro threw a one-hitter 
while walking two and 
striking out one. Eight dif¬ 
ferent Pumas had hits 
while Hamel and Tammy 
Witek had two runs batted 
in a piece. SJC is now 3- 
11 overall and 2-2 in the 
GLVC. 

SJC baseball went 1-3 
over the weekend to fall to 
14-5-1 oerall and 1-3 in 
the GLVC. On Saturday, 
the 8th ranked Pumas split 
with Missouri-St. Louis 
losing the first game 5-1 
and winning the night cap 
6-4. Ryan Reffitt suffered 
the loss while Bill Draper 
picked up the victory and 
Chris Balcer 


recorded the save. Lucas Bru¬ 
nette was the Pumas' top hitter 
going 4 for 7 with three runs 
scored and two runs batted in 
while Jason Retzlaff had a home 
run. Then on Sunday afternoon, 
the Pumas were swept by 
Quincy University in 
Quincy, Illinois. The Pumas lost 
the first game 4-0 as Jake Zajc 
picked up the loss. Then in the 
nightcap, SJC lost 6-5 as Kris 
Regas picked up the loss. Jason 
Retzlaff had a home run while 
Lucas Brunette was 2 for 3 with 
a run scored, Jason Becker was 

2 for 4 while Retzlaff was 2 for 

3 with two runs batted in. 


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Untitled 

Reprinted from Measure 1997 

The subtle darkness of the room made me 
feel trapped. It was so small yet filled with so 
much confusion. Glowing shadows created by 
the black light drifted in and out and some just 
lingered around me. Everyone was laughing and 
carrying on but it didn’t seem real; it's like my 
body was participating but my mind was drift¬ 
ing above me quietly observing. I remained help¬ 
less on one side of the room, knowing well that 
all of my answers were trapped on the other side. 
Terrible obstacles kept pushing me farther and far¬ 
ther back into a comer. I pretended to smile but 
inside I was filled with rage. He was only two 
steps away but I was entangled in so much con¬ 
fusion that it seemed like miles. My chest was 
pounding faster now and there was nothing I 
could do to stop it. I desperately wanted to float 
above those obstacles surrounding me and enter 
into the place that would make me safe. Instead I 
was trapped behind a wall. A wall of friends and 
unfortunate circumstances. 

Chrissy Scafide 


These Days 

These days have got me thinking 
of what I've said and done 
to influence whatever gets me 
through the days to come 

The people in my life all think 
they know how I should live 
Sometimes I wonder if there's 
any more that I can give 

These days have got me thinking 
of who I'm supposed to be 
I'm scared to be the person 
who's responsible for me 

I fool myself, pretending 
knowing well I can't be true 
to myself, or anyone 
especially to you 

These days are meant to help me form 
the person who is me 
But lately I've been scared 
of all the possibilities 

My time is wasted, pretending 
Fear controls this foolish phase 
I want to somehow overcome 
the pressure of these days 

Chrissy Scafide 


WITH YOUR BEST INTENTIONS 

IN MIND 

- Don Shanahan - 




Hello again and 
welcome to another ad¬ 
dition of "At the Mov¬ 
ies with Don." Spring 
Break has come and 
gone and so did my 
three week drought of 
not seeing a movie. My 
job at Video Stop and 
some heavy midterms 
kept me on the sidelines 
for a while. Three 
weeks without a movie 
is a long time for me. 
While most of you were 
in sunny Florida, I made 
up for lost time sliding 
through the snow and 
seeing eight movies in 
ten days. Of the new 
ones I saw, the best of 
the bunch was the 
steamy Cruel Inten¬ 
tions. which I’m writing 
about today. 8MM was 
too dark and there was 
not enough punch. Ana¬ 
lyze This was on the 
corny side and I missed 
the chance to see a 
sneak preview for Ed 
TV. Here we go! 

Not known to 
many is the fact that 
Cuel Intentions is a re¬ 
make of a old French 
play named "Les Liai¬ 
sons Dangereuses” that 
had been adapted the 
movie Dangerous 
Liasons with John 
Malkovich, Michelle 
Pfieffer, Keanu Reeves, 
and Uma Thurman (the 
first role of her career) 
in 1988. Cruel Inten¬ 
tions is a modernized 
update moving from 
post-Renaissance 
France to New York's 
Upper East Side. 

Cruel Intentions 
is a vicious story of 
double-crosses, adul¬ 
tery, conspired manipu¬ 


lation, and sexual seduction. 
The main characters spoiled, 
competitive step-siblings. One 
is Kathryn, the cocaine-snort¬ 
ing, bad girl school president, 
played by Sarah Michelle 
Gellar (TV's Buffv the Vam¬ 
pire Slaver) . Her co-conspira¬ 
tor, her step-brother Sebastian, 
played by Ryan Phillippe (54 . 
I Know What You Did Last 

Summer! , is a heartless brat 
that takes pleasure in docu¬ 
menting his many sexual ex¬ 
ploits. Kathyrn challenges 
Sebastian to a bet of sexual 
conquest, to deflower incom¬ 
ing blond bombshell/Midwest 
virgin, Annette (Reese 
Witherspoon of Pleasantville 
and Fear). If Kathryn wins, she 
gets Sebastian's prized 1956 
Jaguar. If Sebastian wins, he 
gets to finally sleep with the 
girl he could never have, 
namely Kathryn. 

What conspires is a 
back-and-forth struggle and 
scheme for Sebastian to woo 
Annette into his bed. All the 
while, Kathryn launches plots 
to sabotage and ruin 
Sebastian's chances. It's a 
tough battle. Annette is quite 
firm on her abstinence and the 
more Sebastian tries to seduce 
her, the more he falls truly in 
love with her. He starts to 
question himself on whether to 
make Annette just another one 
of his conquests. And what of 
Kathryn? She too wants to win 
at all costs and becomes quite 
jealous. Who wins? Who 
loses? You have to watch and 
find out. 

Cruel Intentions isn't a 
bad movie. We've seen the 
modernizing of old stories into 
movies before in the last few 

Great Expectations . Even 
though the stories lose a bit in 
the updating, I think they are 
fun to watch and compare to 


the originals. This movie defi¬ 
nitely fits in the erotic thriller 
category with movies like last 
year’s Wild Things . Unlike 
Wild Things, there aren't as 
many players here and the 
double-crosses aren’t as violent 
Wild Things is, though, a bet¬ 
ter movie. It's steamier and 
much harder to figure out 
which makes for a more sur¬ 
prising show. 

What Cruel Intentions 
does have going for it is better 
characters. Sarah Michelle 
Gellar and Ryan Philippe 
scenes together are the best 
parts. The love story and 
change of heart theme with 
Reese Witherspoon's character 
take a back seat to their chem¬ 
istry. Their bitter competition, 
overall evilness, and mutual 
advances towards each other 
are great. The supporting cast 
of victims and characters is 
good too with Selma Blair 
(TV's Zoe. Duncan. Jack and 
Jane! . Joshua Jackson (TV's 
Dawson's Creek! , and Sean 
Patrick Thomas (Can't Hardly 
Waif) . 

Like I said before, 
Cruel Intentions isn't a bad 
movie. Not the best, but defi¬ 
nitely worth a look. It's a lot of 
sexy fun and perfect for those 
frisky couples (you know who 
you all are) that sit in the back 
of the theater and become "dis¬ 
tracted" and not really watch 
the movie. This time, try and 
pay attention. You’ll enjoy 
what you are normally missing. 
Other than that, the movie, with 
its young stars, is geared for an 
young, hip, college-age audi¬ 
ence . Leave your inhibitions 
at home, and check this one out 
sometime!*